Welcome to week two of Blackhawk Up’s 2013-14 Three Stars of the Week. As the title says, we will count down the top three performers in the lineup over the past seven days, as well as give some honorable mentions. These players don’t have to be the guys with the most points, or ice time, but the players that really stepped up their game, and made a positive impact.
The Blackhawks went 2-1-0 in the last week, picking up wins at home against the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, but lost to their rival St. Louis Blues on a game-winning goal with 22 seconds left in the third period.
Third Star: Duncan Keith
Oct 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) with the puck during the first period against the New York Islanders at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks have developed a habit of staying in the thick of things all game long, only trailing for 5:07 through the first five games of the season, despite losing two games. Duncan Keith is a big reason that they are able to stick around, and he was easily the Blackhawks’ best defensive player in the last seven days, earning himself a Third Star nod. Keith appeared in all three games, leading the team in Time On Ice in that span. Keith had three assists in the last two games, including a two-point night against the Islanders. Keith didn’t have a great game defensively on Wednesday against the Blues, but made up for it on the weekend, with two blocked shots and two takeaways in the two games at home. Keith’s play has been overshadowed by that of his line-mate Brent Seabrook, but a consistent game at the level he is at now will ensure the Blackhawks’ ship isn’t going to sink anytime soon.7